Autism Awareness Day

Upcoming Events

Autism Awareness Day

01/01/0001, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Nashville Zoo will hold its fifth annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 29.

Held in partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Autism Awareness Day is included with Zoo admission or membership and offers family-oriented animal experiences and activities throughout the Zoo. Guests can participate in a Zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour and close encounters with animals along the Zoo's trails.

Activity Schedule

10:00-11:15  Open House at Croft House
10:30-11:00  Animal Encounters at Festival Field
11:30-12:00  Kid’s Tour at Croft House
1:00-1:30  Sensory Friendly Animal Show at Amphitheater
1:30-2:15  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
1:45-2:45  Open House at Croft House
2:00-2:30  Sheep Visit at Croft House Front Lawn
2:15-3:00  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
3:00-3:45  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)

Autism Spectrum: Planning Your Visit

Nashville Zoo has been working with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to develop tools and supports to enhance a Zoo visit for families with children on the autism spectrum. Prepare for a visit to Nashville Zoo with these planning materials, such as visual schedules, Zoo map with quiet areas and social stories about Zoo experiences.

Social Stories to help prepare for a Zoo visit:

My Day at Nashville Zoo (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Animal Shows (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Lorikeet Landing (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Touching Animals (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Waiting in Line (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)

Zoo Maps, Tours, and Visual Schedules:

This resource includes a specialized map of the Zoo, indicating quiet and loud areas, as well as other information to help prepare for your trip to the Zoo. The included icons can be used to create a visual schedule to plan your trip!

Visual Schedule (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)